A Minute in the Church
One-minute Catholic apologetics by Gus Lloyd
Do Catholics worship Mary? Well, the short answer is no, but let’s go a little deeper. God obviously gave Mary a very special role in the plan of salvation. She was chosen to be the mother of our savior. And since Jesus is true God and true man, Mary is the mother of God.
Now, the church has never attributed divinity to Mary. She is not a goddess; she cannot create life or forgive sins, and to say such would be heresy. The Catholic Church has never taught anything of the sort. In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says that devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary “differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration.” In honoring Mary, we’re simply following the example of our Lord Jesus. You remember the commandment – Honor thy father and thy mother. Think of this in family terms…what family doesn’t have a mother? The answer is none. Every family has a mother. And so it is with the family of God. In 1 John 3:1, St. John tells us that we are called children of God. Our loving Father would never leave His children without a mother.
So if anybody ever asks you, “Do Catholics worship Mary?”, you can tell them, “No, but they do fulfill the biblical prophesy in Luke 1:48.” Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
For further study: 1 John 3:1 * Luke 1:48 * CCC 971